Continental Indoor Soccer League

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Continental Indoor
Soccer League
Continental Indoor Soccer League logo.png
Country  United States
Founded 1989
First season 1993
Folded 1997
Number of teams 15
Last champions Seattle SeaDogs
Most championships Monterrey La Raza
(2 titles)
TV partners Prime Network
FSN Southwest

The Continental Indoor Soccer League was a professional indoor soccer league that played from 1993 to 1997.


When the Major Soccer League folded in the summer of 1992, two of its former teams (Dallas and San Diego) joined a group of hockey and basketball arena owners led by Ron Weinstein who wanted to create a league to fill dates during the summer months.[1] It was thought that the ability to avoid arena issues with NBA and NHL teams would be helpful to the league's health.[2]

The CISL played its first season in 1993 with seven teams including one team in Mexico, the Monterrey La Raza. The league reached a high of 15 teams by 1995 including a second team south of the border, the Mexico Toros. However, the league played with 11 teams in both 1996 and 1997. After the 1997 season several teams withdrew from the league. When Dallas, the best-drawing team in the league, left the CISL just before Christmas 1997, the league disbanded.[3][4][5]

Dallas and Sacramento were two of the founding franchises for the Premier Soccer Alliance in 1998, which became the World Indoor Soccer League in 1999.

League Champions[edit]

Season Champion Series Runner-Up
1993 Dallas Sidekicks 2-1 San Diego Sockers
1994 Las Vegas Dustdevils 2-1 Dallas Sidekicks
1995 Monterrey La Raza 2-1 Sacramento Knights
1996 Monterrey La Raza 2-0 Houston Hotshots
1997 Seattle SeaDogs 2-0 Houston Hotshots

By Team[edit]

Team Championships Winning years
Monterrey La Raza 2 1995, 1996
Dallas Sidekicks 1 1993
Las Vegas Dustdevils 1 1994
Seattle SeaDogs 1 1997

Annual awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player[edit]

Goalkeeper Of The Year[edit]

Coach Of The Year[edit]

Rookie Of The Year[edit]

Defender Of The Year[edit]

Playoff MVP[edit]


Team City/Area Arena
Los Angeles United / Anaheim Splash Inglewood, California / Anaheim, California Great Western Forum/Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
Arizona Sandsharks Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena
Dallas Sidekicks Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
Detroit Neon/Detroit Safari Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
Carolina Vipers Charlotte, North Carolina Independence Arena
Houston Hotshots Houston, Texas The Summit
Indianapolis/Indiana Twisters Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
Las Vegas Dustdevils Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena/Thomas & Mack Center
Monterrey La Raza Monterrey, Nuevo León Gimnasio Nuevo Leon
Mexico Toros Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes
Portland Pride Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
Pittsburgh Stingers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Sacramento Knights Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
San Diego Sockers San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
San Jose Grizzlies San Jose, California San Jose Arena
Seattle SeaDogs Seattle, Washington Seattle Center Coliseum/KeyArena
Washington Warthogs Landover, Maryland USAir Arena


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